Population

Information about Northern Territory population growth, estimated resident populations across Australia and regional internal migration.

Northern Territory population

As at December 2018 quarter (annual) Population
(NT total)
Natural increase Net overseas migration Net interstate
migration
2013 241,609 2,936 3,193 -1,536
2014 242,910 2,792 1,141 -2,439
2015 244,103 2,851 1,544 -2,081
2016 245,752 2,9302,087 -2,483
2017 247,092 2,702 1,242 -3,263
2018 246,790 2,680526 -4,216

Source: ABS Cat No 3101.0

State and territory estimated resident population

Quarterly, 000sDec 18Sep 18Dec 17 Previous qtr
% change
Annual % change
NSW 8,046,0708,023,628 7,922,257 0.3 1.6
VIC 6,526,413 6,498,078 6,386,983 0.4 2.2
QLD 5,052,827 5,033,470 4,962,922 0.4 1.8
SA 1,742,744 1,740,582 1,728,159 0.1 0.8
WA 2,606,338 2,601,939 2,582,377 0.2 0.9
TAS 531,529 529,872 525,030 0.3 1.2
NT 245,854 247,221 246,864 -0.6 -0.4
ACT 423,811 422,374 416,237 0.3 1.8
Australia25,180,23425,101,80424,775,4510.31.6

Source: ABS Cat No 3101.0

NT regional population

Statistical areas level 3 (SA3), r = revised20182017 ERP change
2017-2018
ERP change
2017-2018 %
Greater Darwin148,564148,919 -355 -0.2
Darwin city 28,420 28,995 -575 -2.0
Darwin suburbs 57,083 57,848 -765 -1.3
Palmerston 37,841 36,884 957 2.6
Litchfield 25,220 25,192 28 0.1
Katherine 20,839 20,748 91 0.4
Barkly 6115 6134 -19 -0.3
Alice Springs 39,388 39,286 102 0.3
East Arnhem 14,519 14,518 1 0.0
Daly-Tiwi-West Arnhem 17,902 17,912 -10 -0.1

Source: ABS Cat No 3218

This map indicates the Northern Territory regional population as at March 2019. The population and growth for each region are: Greater Darwin’s population is 148,564 persons, with a growth of -0.2%. Daly, Tiwi, and West Arnhem’s population is 17,902 persons, with a growth of -0.1%. East Arnhem’s population is 14,519 persons, with a flat growth. Katherine’s population is 20,839 persons, with a growth of 0.4%. Alice Springs’s population is 39,388 persons, with a growth of 0.3%. Barkly’s population is 6115 persons, with a growth of -0.3%. Total population for greater Darwin is 148,564 persons, with a groth of -0.2%, and the rest of Darwin is 98,763 persons, with a growth of 0.2%. The total Northern Territory population is 247,327 persons, with a growth of -0.1%.

Regional internal migration

  Region of departure June quarter 2018
Region of arrival year ending June 2018​​NSW​VIC​QLD​SA​WA​TAS​NT​ACT​Total
New South Wales n/a​ 25,742​ 36,687​ 6,434 10,274 2,083 3,167 11,647​ 96,034​
Victoria 32,719 n/a 22,237 9,965 1,220 4,148 3,284 1,050 74,623
Queensland 52,403 24,858 n/a 6,648 9,510 3,264 5,851 3,677 105,938
South Australia​ 6,059 6,656 4,738 n/a 2,494 659 2,330 802 23,738
Western Australia​ 7,732 7,236 6,659 2,395 n/a 1,104 2,202 861 28,189
Tasmania 3,557 3,926 3,797 739 1,581 n/a 339 265 14,204
Northern Territory 2,736 2,722 3,823 1,700 2,274 255 n/a 346 13,856
Australian Capital Territory 12,500 3,378 3,299 1,008 1,153 309 514 n/a 22,161
Total117,70674,24581,24028,88928,50611,82217,68718,648 

Source: ABS Cat No 3101.0

Last updated: 08 July 2019

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